I have written several posts about eBay before…
…including posts about packaging up items for shipping…
…I also keep a tally of how many items I have sold on eBay and how much money that has returned to us through these sales on my Give Away – Throw Away – Sell – Use Up page.
Recently I wrote a post about my eBayers Block and how I had a bunch of things that I wanted to sell but just couldn’t force myself to get on with it. Well I am pleased to say the we finally took the plunge and put several things up for auction and had some reasonable success. You will be seeing these items popping up in the item of the day for the next week.
My best success was the sales of my two iRobots. My Roomba vacuum cleaner made just over $100 while the Scooba floor washing robot made over $130 which I was very pleased about. I won’t bore you with the full details as to why I sold these items but I will say that the vacuum cleaner was great and well used (I called it Rupert) but I was never really fond of the floor washing robot so it was a bit of a waste of money.
It takes a bit of effort to get the auctions up and running. I made a list of step involved in this process…
- Layout the items and photograph them.
- Upload photos to the computer.
- Select a category for the item you are selling
- Decide on a title for the item you are selling (I copied the details off the box in order to be precise).
- Find the model number of the item for extra detail (if applicable)
- Type up the item description including condition and things I thought the seller needed to know in order to make an informed purchase. (I copied the details off the box as to what was included).
- Decide on a starting price and whether I wanted to include a Buy It Now option.
- Investigate shipping cost. I used two indicators for this…
- Shipping calculator link
- Investigating what other private sellers where charging for a similar product.
- Type all this information into the eBay Start Selling form.
Of course then I can’t leave it alone and check about 6 times a day to see how the auction is progressing. I have to admit I do suffer from a bit of eBay anxiety at times once the auction is up and running which probably causes my procrastination in the first place. There are a couple of reasons this anxiety crops up…
- Reason:-I am always concerned that someone won’t be satisfied with their purchase and cause me a whole lot of grief.
- Solution:-I do my best to be as honest and detailed as possible with my item description so that this is unlikely to happen.
- Reason:- That the item won’t sell and I will have wasted the money on the insertion fee.
- I keep my insertion cost to the bare minimum on items I am not confident about and just hope for the best on the others.
- I also check to see how this type of item is selling before I decide whether to put it up.
The best mental approach to eBay selling is to just be grateful for the the items that sell well and chalk it up to experience on the items that don’t. I have had a few items that have sold that I didn’t lose on but were hardly worth the effort to list or post but I have had more experiences where I made more money than expected. To see what is possible, read Day 155 A selling milestone about my husband’s exceptional experience cashing in on eBay.
Item 344 of 365 less things
5 Things I am grateful for today
- A game of scrabble with the neighbour
- Going out for Thai food for dinner
- Having a friend to walk with this morning
- A cooler day after a sweltering week
- Liam vacuumed my car – He needed some pocket money but at least I didn’t have to do it myself.
It matters not how fast I go, I hurry faster when I’m slow.